*The RCSD partnerships across the province are being eliminated by the provincial government as of September 1, 2020.  As a result, the information on this page will no longer be valid.  The website is being maintained for one year to allow partners to continue to access the resources*

Transition to Adulthood

The partners in CA RCSD are committed to working together to support families in arranging for the necessary supports to be in place when the youth turns 18.  The focus is on proactive planning for the shift from child to adult services.

A Few Best Practices

WHY? Transition planning for adulthood is critical because the default is that the youth will be a fully functioning adult able to make decisions upon turning 18.

Transition planning involves working together to arrange for the necessary supports to be in place when the youth turns 18. It focuses on proactive planning for the shift from child to adult services.

Important to work with the youth and the family to help determine what the future will look like– consider the youth’s strengths, needs, preferences and interests in addition to housing, income, employment/employment support,  post high-school education or training, level of independence (home living, community access i.e. recreation/volunteering, day to day decision-making, financial decisions).

Transitions are more likely to be successful when planning starts early (even age 15 or before) and when youth and family have a lead role.

In his research, Erik Carter found that… when parents of high school students with severe disabilities expected their son or daughter to have a job after high school….. their sons or daughters were 3 times as likely to achieve that goal within 2 years of high school graduation.

Responsibilities/Who is Involved?

Youth and their family (guardian or caregiver where applicable), staff from FSCD or other government/community programs youth and family are involved with, staff from relevant adult programs (PDD, AISH, OPG, OPT, Alberta Works, AHS), school learning teams, service providers and others. Youth voice, whenever possible, needs to be included.

If youth is in care, the Children’s Services caseworker will often take the lead in transition planning but with support from other systems.  A transition to independence plan must be completed prior to the youth’s 16th birthday.  This plan identified immediate and future goals for the youth and assists in developing a specific plan of preparation.

FSCD supports transition planning for youth/families who are accessing the FSCD programs.  Families MUST attend a community forum prior to individual transition meetings being scheduled. The caseworker may be able to offer options for remote attendance.

Important, if possible, that FSCD/CS caseworkers and school connect to support transition.   How can we work with partners to better integrate supports and services so that the first day after high school doesn’t look so different from the last day of school?

Some Resources

Alberta Supports is a “one stop” service which can be used by youth/families not connected with FSCD or Children’s Services.  It provides information and assistance with many of the government services.  (See next page for further information).

A summary of some key government  services, who they are intended to serve, information about application and where to find more information, can be found at Transition to Adulthood-Brief Information and in the Toolboxes for school section of the website Toolboxes for Schools

A comprehensive resource about transitioning from care developed for care-givers but full of terrific information can be found at: Transitioning from care

The link below leads to an Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium power-point presentation about post- school transition planning.

“Effective transition planning for post-school life is a key component of quality programming for students with significant disabilities.  How we do this planning is changing, influenced by inclusion, person-centered planning and a greater appreciation of the power of the collective community.”

Transition Planning: Post School

For more information on transition planning please see the following:

Transition Planning Tip Sheet for Youth

Transition Planning Tip Sheet for Service Providers, Teachers

Transition Planning Tip Sheet for Families

Transition Planning Tip Sheet-Elements of Transition Planning

Transition Planning Tip Sheet-Involving Youth in Transition

*This website is a record of a constantly evolving partnership. It is as accurate as possible at any given time and will be regularly updated to reflect changing processes and information.  However, be advised that there may possibly be a lag updating the website with the most current information and processes.

*The RCSD partnerships across the province are being eliminated by the provincial government as of September 1, 2020.  As a result, the information on this page will no longer be valid.  The website is being maintained for one year to allow partners to continue to access the resources*